To Jeff Hausler (Posted December 27, 2012 at 8:48 am): …

Comment on LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister by Bob Durnan.

To Jeff Hausler (Posted December 27, 2012 at 8:48 am): presumably then you reckon that the NT CLP government should subsidise a “budget airline” into Alice, as none of these cashed up budget airline outfits are prepared to do it under their own steam and at their own risk.
This would be the same gang of CLP [members] which has just unjustifiably and hypocritically cried poor, and stomped on youth, education, police and child welfare services in Alice Springs [and] told the most impoverished shires in Australia that they are employing far too many of the poorest people in Australia, and that they won’t be getting any further NTG grants to keep their locally born, front line youth and recreation workers operating in remote bush communities to provide desperately needed activities and care to the most deprived children and young people in Australia.
Many of us are not against government subsidy for public transport for ordinary Australians, but we are against flagrantly opportunistic … authoritarian “leaders”. We are also totally opposed to the sheer governmental profligacy epitomised by government subsidies for rich international tourists aimed at propping up CLP supporters’ outdated business models.
We absolutely oppose the NT government [taking] from the poor and simultaneously propping up any wonky aspects of the tourist industry.
This subsidising of CLP cronies becomes especially obnoxious when Terry and his [mates] are, on the one hand, unfairly and inequitably ripping money out of the pockets of the least well-off Territorians by jacking up flat rate charges for essential services like power and water; whilst on the other hand gifting unbelievably large and virtually untaxable “reimbursement” packages to their … mates to advise them about how to gouge even more from the workers and poor, so they can shift even more dough over to subsidies for their chums … who are consultants and entrepreneurs wanting easy money and investment and operational subsidies for their private business ventures.
[ED – Bob, provide examples, please.]

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LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister
Reply to Steve Brown (Posted January 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm): Thanks for taking the time to respond to my comments. Although your rant is garbled and barely intelligible in places, I gather that you neither understand how the original Yulara resort was financed and structured, nor do you care to find out. Similarly, you do not appear to understand or respect Aboriginal land rights and native title interests, nor the legislation under which they were codified.
You have not addressed any of the financial and economic aspects of your wild proposal, let alone the enormous challenges involved in sinking big money into a declining market which already has excess capacity.
It is a wonder that anybody is prepared to debate with you under these circumstances, and completely unsurprising that you were disowned by the CLP.

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister
We could start with Col Fuller, Gary Nairn and Neil Conn, and work our way down the list of departmental executives and $500,000 per annum consultants whom Terry has scraped up out of the CLP old boys’ barrel.

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister
To Steve Brown (Steve Brown Posted December 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm ):
What a load of extraordinary codswallop you manage to spew out Councillor Brown!
Steve, if you stopped for a moment to think, you would realise that most of what you propose here is just more pie-in-the-sky silliness (reminiscent of your preposterous pre-election publicity stunt, the pipedream proposal for a $30 million plus, taxpayer funded acquisition and redevelopment of the Memo Club as a Taj Mahal-like super youth centre).
A second resort at Uluru? Would that have a price tag on it of $1 billion, $2 billion or $3 billion Steve, in a dramatically receded international tourism market, and when it looks like the high Australian dollar will persist for many years?
Just who do you think might be interested in sinking those kinds of sums into a resort ghost-town?
You don’t really think that the CLP could be persuaded to stump up billions in taxpayer dollars to do it again do you? Surely they have learnt some lessons from their previous 23 years of squandering precious capital on white elephants up and down the Territory?
If you stopped for another moment, the penny might drop for you, reminding you that Aboriginal traditional owners have title to the Uluru area, as well as Native Title rights to adjoining areas, and have contracted the ANPWS under a very long term lease to manage the National Park in consultation with them. No government could change this, unless it also had control of the Senate, as it would need to be able to pass laws that interfere with these arrangements, and this would be extremely unlikely to occur.
If a government did manage to force its way through that impasse, massive compensation payments to those whose property and business rights are infringed would make it an exceedingly bleak business deal.
You and your fellow travellers would just be wasting your breath, and everybody’s time, developing a crusade to change any of these facts.
Anyway, that is all fantasy, as the Federal Coalition and Labor are both strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the Land Rights Act.
So Steve, your tirade is really nothing except more hyperbolic bilge, the kind we normally only expect to hear from a manic hustler.
Is this all really just about attracting attention to yourself Steve?
Stop trying to fool yourself. You are not cutting a figure as a visionary big thinker, you are just making yourself a target of ridicule by persisting in this grandiose foolishness. All you are likely to achieve by this demagogic chatter is to further alienate the traditional owners and moderate Territorians, whilst raising unrealistic expectations amongst the naive.

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